By Jamie-Lee Bracken
The Red Cross is on the lookout for more energetic and dedicated students to join them in their humanitarian efforts.
Having volunteers is a key part of Red Cross and has been for over 100 years, says Red Cross General Manager of Communications, Alice Montague.
“Through volunteering, you can build valuable skills and assist people in their time of greatest need,” says Montague.
Students can now get involved in many different volunteer positions that are available.
Students can join one of the Disaster Welfare and Support teams that respond to emergencies and help communities, says Montague.
The can also become a volunteer at the Red Cross Shop and gain retail work experience. There are even opportunities for students to gain experience as a Meals on Wheels driver, delivering hot meals to those who need it.
By also volunteering to be a Refugee Support Volunteer they can act as a friendly face and a supportive guide to former refugees that are currently embarking on their journey to re settlement.
“Our work is diverse and far reaching and would not be possible without the efforts of our amazing members, staff and supporters. We’re always excited to hear about your involvement with Red Cross programmes and activities,” says Montague.
For busier students, participating in Red Cross’ fundraising events is one of the easiest ways to contribute, she says.
Montague says 2017 saw the debut of the fundraising event ‘Red Cross Journey’ which saw hundreds of supporters around the country take part including students from primary to tertiary level.
This online event encouraged its participants to follow the journey of the Tamim family that fled from Syria to seek safety.
Montague says larger events like this, dragon boat racing and Round the Bays is also a fun way to get involved for students.
Students can also take First Aid courses or donate their clothes, shoes and unwanted household amenities to one of the 53 Red Cross Shops nationwide.
For those wanting to volunteer, visit www.redcross.org.nz/get-involved/